The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Energy Utility Performance and Reliability Improvement Project
(EUPRIP) (the Project) will comprise the following four components:
Component 1 – Urgent Rehabilitation / Upgrade of PPL Infrastructure
Component 2 – Implementation of Key Components of PPL’s Performance Improvement Plan
(“PPL’s Performance Improvement Plan”)
Component 3 – Technical Assistance on Least Cost Power Development Plan Development and
Implementation (“Support to LCPDP implementation”)
Component 4 – Project Management Support
The Project aims to establish the building blocks for electrification through lowering the cost of supply
and transforming Papua New Guinea Power Limited (PNG Power or PPL) into a better performing
company and a capable agent for electrification. The Project is designed to achieve the practical
outcomes of improving the operational performance of the state-owned enterprise responsible for
energy generation and distribution within PNG (PPL) and improve the reliability of electricity supply
in areas served by the Project.
The Project forms part of a broader initiative of PPL, which has recently started to invest in
strengthening and expanding its system, including additional support to PPL in the preparation of the
Naoro-Brown Hydropower Project (Naoro-Brown HPP), a proposed 80MW run-of-river project, and
development of a suitable gas-to-power project in the Southern Highlands and investing in network
expansion. Rehabilitation of existing non-performing hydropower schemes is also being considered.
The project is categorized as Category A under OP4.01 because a portion of the technical assistance
funds under Component 3 will support the Naoro-Brown HPP.
The Project will be supported by US$30 million in IBRD financing blended with reimbursable Global
Infrastructure Fund (GIF) grant(s), and possibly other, as yet to be determined, funding sources.
The ESMF was consulted on in February 2019 and disclosed on PPL’s and the World Bank’s website in
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